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A bailout worthy of broad support.

Banks? Pah. The car industry? Pah.

Nope, pubs, c/o leftie think tank the ippr (still in lower case):

Ahead of the UK Pubs Crisis Ministerial Summit tomorrow (Wednesday 4th March) organised by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Dr Rick Muir, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) said:

"Government must recognise the invaluable contribution that pubs can make to their local communities. Local pubs enrich civic life by providing a meeting place for people from all walks of life and different backgrounds to get together. They also provide a meeting space for local groups and associations and help to deliver a range of public services, espeically in rural areas".


Not entirely sure I would put it quite like that, but 'think globally, drink locally' has a certain resonance.

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OpenID neilreddin said... 1:49 pm

A summit? Oooooh. That'll help.

Actually, one could argue that pubs represent an even more important part of a community than a post office.

Even so, to reverse the damage this government's done to the licensing trade would involve, inter alia, (a) reversing the smoking ban and (b) Gordon making a certain request of Her Majesty.

Didn't notice either of those announcements last Wednesday.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:26 pm

Neil - yes, the forecast is for hot air.

While I can put up with a bit of a schlepp to get to the nearest post office, it would be a dark day if I was more than 10 minutes away from a pub.

I think your two point plan for revitalising the trade is a good one by the way.  



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